Rep. Charles Jeter led former Mecklenburg County Democratic Party Chairwoman Robin Bradford late Tuesday for Jeter’s N.C. House District 92 seat, which follows the Catawba River from Huntersville to Lake Wylie.
With 14 of 15 precincts reported, Jeter had 53 percent of the vote to Bradford’s 47 percent.
Although Democrats narrowly outnumber Republicans in the district, Jeter beat Bradford in 2012 with 51.4 percent of the vote.
In this year’s race, Jeter out-raised Bradford 38 to 1, $164,000 to $4,300.
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“I don’t live in a district where I can take anything for granted,” Jeter said.
Bradford, 51, a self-described grass-roots activist, said she would focus on education, health care, women’s rights, the environment, jobs and repealing what she called the state’s new “voter suppression laws.”
Bradford said one of her goals would be to restore North Carolina as a “progressive state.” The state’s ranking for teacher pay “is horrible and embarrassing,” she said.
Jeter, a 41-year-old former Huntersville town commissioner, campaigned for his second two-year term citing his selection by the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research as one of the most effective freshman House members.
He said he would work to ensure consistency in how state transportation money is spent, help develop a better teacher compensation system, and pursue economic policies “that ensure that everyone who wants to work, can.”